Maya Lin and Shepley Bulfinch selected to revamp Neilson Library at Smith College

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Smith College's Neilson Library. (Patrick Giblin / Flickr)

Smith College’s Neilson Library. (Patrick Giblin / Flickr)

Maya Lin and the national design firm Shepley Bulfinch have been tapped to reimagine Smith College’s 106-year-old Neilson Library.

The library, left, in 1910. (Courtesy Smith College)

The library, left, in 1910. (Courtesy Smith College)

Maya Lin. (Courtesy Smith College)

Maya Lin. (Courtesy Smith College)

The project, which is slated to break ground in 2017, is intended to create more space for the museum’s growing collection and to truly transform it into a state-of-the-art institution.

“Maya Lin’s celebrated work within the combined fields of architecture, art and landscape–coupled with Shepley Bulfinch’s extensive experience in creating 21st-century academic libraries–will create a new library that is not only functional but forward-looking,” said Smith College President Kathleen McCartney in a statement. “Maya Lin thinks of libraries as today’s temples–spaces for reflection, intellectual exploration, and discussion of ideas. I am confident that she and the design team will work in close partnership with the Smith community to create a library that will showcase our collections and enrich our community in ways we can only begin to imagine.”

Inside the library. (Courtesy Smith College)

Inside the library. (Courtesy Smith College)

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